G’day to the USA!

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in recent blog posts | 0 comments

Lots can happen in 2 weeks in the States!

So grateful to have been specially invited to America’s Great Paint out at the Forgotten Coast in Florida USA earlier this month. An opportunity to paint and display as a lone International (Aussie) alongside 20 of the USA’s Top respected Plein Air Painters. The event is now in it’s 9th year and revolves around the idea of capturing the culture of an area that is almost forgotten in time and under threat of modern development. In knowing that the paintings I have done here have captured this is a great honor and something I feel very proud to have been a part of. Thank you to all that play a role in this event……

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In the last hours of Life

May She rest in Peace!
This photo, without knowing at the time captured a moment in time. In the dieing hours of the day I painted this old girl along side fellow artist David Boyd, Only to return the next day to find that it had been reduced to a pile of rubble by a tractor within 12 hours of time past. :( We were very lucky to have captured two of the boats now gone. It just emphasizes what the organization is trying to achieve in having the artists to come to capture the area on canvas before it is gone.

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The Ghost of Jim Jones

9″x12″ (22.5x30cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

One of the boats now sadly gone. Named after Jim Jones, apparently a  local fisherman of the area who operated her in the day.

(Personal Collection)


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Reduced to Rubble

The Sad discovery the following day. David and I Circled this devastation possibly 30 times throughout the day. As a tribute I took a select piece of timber with an old cleat attached and painted a scene from the yard on it. The work sold in the wetroom with part proceeds going to the charity organization.

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May She Rest In Peace

The Miss Elain

12″x24″ (30x60cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

The miss Elain now sadly gone. Who would know that in the dieing hours of the day that they were to be her last?

(Sold)
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Quickdraw Judges Choice,
Top Honors

It was very much unexpected amongst the participating company. I was overwhelmed and amazing when my name was called out for top honors in the quick draw event and later to see a big picture of myself in the local paper. :)

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Suns out Eastpoint

Quick draw entrant

12″x9″ (30×22.5cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

The winning piece was painted in 2 hours. Start and stop when the whistle blows. Although I am not a big fan of rushing a painting, I always enjoy the fun of participating in these events especially as they are raising money for great causes.

(Sold)
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Portrait of Arthur White

9″x12″ (22.5x30cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

The highlight of the trip was meeting the locals and this gentleman became a lifelong friend withing minutes. Arthur sat for me during a demo, he reminisced and told tales of times past, entertained the crowd, moving all the time, and expressing all expression from laughter to sadness contemplating everything in between.

(NFS Personal Collection)

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Me Mate

Thanks for the Memories Arthur White. What a gentleman!

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Downside to the High Life

16″x8″ (40x20cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

This painting was displayed and sold during the Patrons’ Party. I was particularly happy with the result of this piece. There was no room for any error as every mark had to be made with precision to allow for the timber to show through as a background.

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Hangin’ with Artists

Sharing time with fellow plein Air painters Ed Cahill (left) and David Boyd (center) in Davids Studio Newnan Georgia. Thanks to both these gentleman for looking after me so well.

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Squeeeeeze

Loading up a fresh palette – Very happy with the results achieved with the Michael Harding’s hand made oil paints used for the whole duration of the trip. They are so rich in colour, smooth and fluid in texture and such a little went a LOOOONG way. A plein air Painters Dream. I am so thankful for their support! I highly recommend these…. Oh and you can fly with them :)

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Lean right, Lean Left

Always Having fun. Late afternoon capturing the last light on the side of this great little book store. Speaking with the owners she explained the lean to the left is a result of prevailing hurricane winds over the years.

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Around Closing time

9″x12″ (22.5x30cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

The colourful little bookshop in the warm sun made for a beaut little subject!

(Sold)
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The Last Oyster Place

9″x12″ (22.5x30cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

The area of the forgotten coast thrives on its oyster fishing industry. Everywhere along the coast is spotted with shacks, old boats and industrial related subjects of shrimp and oyster fishing.

(Sold)
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63 First Avenue

8″x16″ (20x40cm)
Oil on Mahogany

Plein air

So Ed Cahill and I were painting in the Suburbs after the even. When the owner of this house walks out and asked what are we doing. When she saw the works she walked straight back inside, bought out her checkbook and supported the arts buying both paintings there on the spot.

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Encourage the Myth

Well after all that…. it was time for a Fosters. It’s important to let the Americans know what is the beer of choice for Australians. Well actually it was better than what they were drinking LOL ;)

 

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